HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum St. Louis is the recipient of a $34,800 grant from the Mid-America Transplant Foundation. The funding will help support the museum’s Recycle Life Project, a new initiative designed to educate and reinforce the importance of preventative care and healthy life choices. The project is also a great way to introduce the topic of organ and tissue donation to kids in a fun environment with information that is easy for them to understand. Kids will learn what organs are, where they are located in the body, which ones can be donated and who is eligible to donate. The program teaches visitors how to keep their organs healthy to decrease the likelihood of needing a transplant in the future.
“Healthier kids mean healthier organs – and, healthier organs decrease the likelihood of needing an organ transplant and increase the probability of having a useable organ should one choose to donate later in life,” says Shannon Woodcock, president and chief executive officer of HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum St. Louis. “We are grateful for Mid-America Transplant Foundation’s willingness to partner with us as we use a unique mixture of education and entertainment to fundamentally change the way kids learn about healthy choices and recycling life.”
In addition to the Recycle Life Project, the grant funding will also be used to provide hundreds of admission scholarships to low-income students to ensure the program is accessible to all.
HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum St. Louis is located at 1100 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63110.